WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA--(Marketwired - February 20, 2017) - Two West Springfield-based officials with CleanSlate Centers, a leader in providing care to those suffering from opioid and alcohol addiction, have been asked to join the District Attorney's Hampden County Addiction Task Force (HCAT).
CleanSlate's Katie Roberts, Care Coordinator, and Jonathan Candee, manager for the West Springfield center located at 900 Memorial Ave., have accepted the opportunity to work more closely with the DA office, local healthcare providers, and other service providers in the region to help prevent and treat opioid addiction.
"Together with HCAT, we are not only making great strides in the fight against substance abuse but also helping to erase the stigma of addiction," said Candee. "Successful community partnerships are vital to treating addiction, and I'm confident the residents of West Springfield will see great benefit from CleanSlate and HCAT joining forces. We're excited about the opportunity to help impact more families in our area."
Founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country, CleanSlate has treated more than 14,000 patients in some of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, including Massachusetts, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Northampton, CleanSlate operates 14 treatment centers across Massachusetts, including a location in Lynn which opens this week.
CleanSlate's treatment methods are in accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) -- the nation's leading addiction medicine society representing 4,000 physicians, clinicians and other professionals -- which dictates opioid addiction be defined as a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease.
"At CleanSlate, we know that opioid addiction is best treated as the chronic disease it is," said Kelly J. Clark, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of CleanSlate and President-elect of ASAM. "We currently treat thousands of patients for opioid and alcohol addiction in a comfortable outpatient environment with a full-time, dedicated team of physicians and advanced-practice clinicians. Our ultimate goal is to help these patients achieve the life they want and deserve -- a 'clean slate' from which to thrive."
Drug overdose deaths from opioids remain on the rise in Massachusetts according to the Health and Human Services Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2015, the rate of unintended overdoses from opioids was 24.6 deaths per 100,000 residents, which represents a 23 percent increase from the 2014 rate.i
About CleanSlate Centers
CleanSlate Centers was founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country. A multi-state network of physician-led outpatient addiction treatment centers, CleanSlate provides medication-assisted treatment and related therapies for patients who have addiction and associated disorders using the highest quality, evidence-based practices.
CleanSlate's proven model of individualized care gives patients the tools and support they need to achieve long-term success. In recognition of their innovation and effectiveness, CleanSlate's treatment programs received the inaugural 2012 Science and Service Award for Office-based Opioid Treatment by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
In 2014 CleanSlate partnered with Apple Tree Partners, a growth equity fund, to help expand efforts geographically and increase access to care in underserved communities with demonstrated need.